Bush's speech before the War on Iraq

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March 19, 2003 - The first day of the War on Iraq; a day that can be viewed as the beginning of a nightmare for many innocent people across the globe. Depending on an individual's country of citizenship, one might view either the American troops or Iraqi troops to be the freedom fighters or terrorists within this conflict. The War on Iraq placed strains upon, and caused heartache for the innocent people within the two nations. Through the analysis of George Bush's (the American president) opening speech, one can uncover the assumptions and hidden meanings that he or she has.

Around the world, families watched from their television screens as Bush delivered the opening speech to his troops before they began their mission within Iraq. Bush made it clear that they had entered into this war "reluctantly," but did so to "spare innocent civilians," as well as protect them from the "grave danger" posed by the "weapons of mass murder" that Saddam Hussein possessed.

The American mission was to tear down Hussein's "outlaw regime" and "restore control" to the people of Iraq. He then stated that families were praying for the safety of all the innocent people who would be affected by this "coalition." In concluding, Bush confidently stated that they "will accept no outcome but victory" while defending their own freedom and the freedom of others.

What made this speech such a confident and persuasive piece were the use of rhetorical appeals within, as well as, the tone in which it was received. All three types: logical, ethical, and emotional can be found. Bush strategically states his "mission" within Iraq. He highly esteems both cultures and their values, and finally assures that all will be well in freedom's name. These different structural components will be discussed throughout the...